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Prosecutors considering charges after Rep. Jeff Wood's latest arrest for driving under the influence

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Marathon County prosecutors are considering new charges against State Representative Jeff Wood.

That's after the independent from Bloomer was arrested Wednesday for driving under the influence for the second time in the last 10 months.

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The State Patrol stopped him near Wausau, after a witness said he was weaving and almost hit another car while going north on Interstate-39.

Online court records said the Wood, 40, was ticketed for inattentive driving, with a court date of Dec. 9.

Wood told the arresting trooper he was checking a road map.

A preliminary breath test did not turn up a blood alcohol level, and Wood told officers he had a double-dose of a prescription drug and two doses of cough syrup on Wednesday.

He was released after a blood test at a hospital.

Wood still faces charges in Columbia County, after he alleged drove drunk and hit a highway sign on the Interstate near Portage last December.

He was also cited for possessing marijuana, but his attorney said officers were performing an illegal search when they found it.

Wood is in his seventh year in the Assembly. Speaker Mike Sheridan said he was deeply troubled by his new arrest.

State Republican Party director Mark Jefferson said Wood should resign.

He said Wood's having too much trouble coping with his own problems to deal with the state's fiscal problems. Wood has not commented.

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